Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Oprah Winfrey's mother has died

Oprah Winfrey's mother has died

Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time" in London.

Winfrey posted a picture on Instagram of herself and her mother at a family gathering. The longtime housekeeper died in her home in Wisconsin on Thursday, November 22.

TMZ confirmed with the family and also revealed that a private funeral service had already been held following Lee's death.

No other details were given.

Born in 1954, Winfrey spent her early years with her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, in MS, before she went to live with her mom when she was 6. She was 83 years old, ' the statement read.

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Oprah previously spoke out about her complicated relationship with her mother, saying she felt abandoned due to her absence in her early childhood. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia. "Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America", an obituary reads, Fox News reported. The media mogul was raised by her grandmother before being sent to live with Lee at six years old, which she discussed in a 2015 interview with OWN.

"I'm a Christian lady, and if you're a Christian person, it helps you to deal with situations like that", she said.

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me".

It was while Winfrey was living with her mother that she was molested by her cousin and abused by her uncle. "I don't remember ever shedding a tear about it because I knew that God was my father, Jesus was my brother, and they were with me". "I was asking the question. what is a mother?" Sources said that "even though she didn't have the best relationship with Vernita, her passing was really devastating for her".

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